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God is the Bigger Elvis

July 13, 2013

This is a great story, and one that is probably still pretty obscure despite the documentary done by HBO films. Dolores Hart was a young actress who played Elvis’ love interest in the 1957 film ‘Loving You’.  She gave Elvis his first on-screen kiss in that movie, and then went on to become a very popular Hollywood actress.  She starred in films until 1963, when she left Hollywood to become a cloistered Benedictine nun at the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, CT.  Her  story was told in the 2011 HBO documentary God is the Bigger Elvis“, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject.  The documentary was very well done and is a great story, regardless of your religious affiliation.  Perhaps the most amazing part of the story is that she was married before she joined the Abbey.  Her husband never remarried and stayed devoted to her and close friends with her until his death.

Now 74, she just co-wrote a book on her life story, The Ear of the Heart: An Actress’ Journey from Hollywood to Holy Vows. She was signing books today at a small local bookstore in CT.



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  1. What an intriguing story, sounds like something I would enjoy reading, thanks for bringing to my attention.


  2. Very intriguing story . . . I did not know she was married before becoming a nun.


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